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National Geographic Poland

Moldova’s capital is a hive of activity in March as the annual cultural festival of Martisor kicks off. Meaning “Little March”, the celebrations were recently given the badge of Intangible Cultural Heritage by Unesco.

Festivities continue over 10 days with Martisor Music Festival, which involves some 40 concerts around the city, from classical to jazz. Between events, check out Chisinau’s grandiose Stalinist architecture, observe the perennial chess games in Cathedral Park and sample your way around wineries in the surrounding countryside. Both Wizz Air and Air Moldova now offer direct flights from London.

Average temperature: 8C

Flight time: 3h 25m

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